Our first daffodil!
It's not earth shattering to most, but after a very stressful last few months, a snow storm and high winds last week, and now more snow tonight, seeing that sweet little sign of Spring..... to me, is like a breath of fresh air....and so uplifting.
It's another rainy and cold day here, with predictions for a snowy and slushy night and morning. We still haven't cleaned up the property from last week's storm. We have towering tall pines that line the entrance drive and so many of them lost huge limbs due to the heavy wet snow and there must be five billion pine cones on the ground. After the power went out, I ran outside to see if a tree had fallen on the lines, when I heard the crack of another limb breaking. That's a scary sound! I scurried back in the house like a scared rabbit. I later found out that a tree had indeed fallen across the drive. And there's many branches just hanging that didn't quite break off.
Last fall, we lost one of our chicks to a hawk. Just broke my heart because our sweet girls are like pets to us. She hung out with the other Easter Egger aka "Snow". Snow seemed so despondent and lonely that we decided to get another chicken to keep her company. We have two others but those two seem to be best buds and Snow seemed rather left out. So we got a young pullet. Right from the beginning this "chicken" was very vocal and the other girls did not take to her. That's not uncommon, so we weren't too worried. But things never changed. The other chickens just did not seem to take to this new girl. I felt bad for her until I saw her chasing one of the other girls, trying things she should not have been trying, if you get my drift. :) Then her tail started to change with a few downward curved feathers. The suspicion started. Then a week ago, we woke to cock-a-doodle-doo. That darn chicken was crowing to beat all and so proud of him/herself. ack! :) No wonder the other girls had been so upset. The last rooster we had was not very nice so I surely did not want another as we have no plans to have and raise baby chickens. We found a lovely farm for him and I am sure he will be very happy. So, a few days ago we got a red chicken, a young adult so we know it's a girl. :) One way to introduce another chicken to the coop is to sneak her on the roost at night while the others are asleep. So that's what we did and all was calm. The new girl, Belle III, took to her new home quite easily and the others seem to like her a lot and after only 3 days she gave us a beautiful brown egg. So all is calm in the little hen cottage now.
Is this not a gorgeous color?!!! This is a very very old building still standing in the midst of all these modern stores. It's by the parking lot of a thrift place I visit and I finally remembered to take a picture of it for you. I don't think I have ever seen an old teal paint job like this before.
I have had such a good time decorating this old cast iron bird bath for each season. It was such a wonderful yard sale find last year. Some pastel eggs and a made nest from a dilapidated twig wreath and it's ready for Spring. It has a leak and doesn't hold water and I may try and fix that for the summer or just use as a bird feeder with planted flowers. :)
And that's what's been happening on the farmette lately. Are you trying to spruce up for Spring while still dealing with lots of snow and cold weather? I always love your comments and visits and thank you so much. xoxo
Yay! -- Joining in today at Thistlewood Farms for a Spring Party and Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
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